I love giving Shiatsu all the time but there is something exciting about treatments in the Spring.
Winter treatments are generally quieter, looking to preserve or boost the body’s energy.
Once the Spring kicks in there is a bit more energy in the body to work with.
Where appropriate more movement can take place in the treatment, more stretches and rotations. Loosening the holding and tension, particularly in the shoulders and neck.
Plus the garden, surrounding the Shiatsu Shed, begins to bloom and blossom.
If you are interested in having a treatment or would like to know more then get in touch. Mobile: 07791 070837. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am loving the Autumn sunshine as I prepare for 3 very busy days of work – before life gets quieter and slower again.
I am here in November if you need me. I’m offering Zoom support sessions and personalised exercise and lifestyle videos. All by donation of course.
Plus I will be making exercise videos to promote motivation and relaxation – to support anxiety and mental and emotional stress. Hoping to do these at least weekly and they’ll be on my Facebook page
Also Shiatsu can offer an interesting perspective on what is helpful and not helpful when looking to support oneself. I am offering personalise health charts, based on the 5 element system of diagnosis. These could be a good present idea for friends and family as well as good for you as an individual.
Hopefully I’ll see a lot of you virtually this month and 🤞 in person in December.
I’m here if you need me xx
It can be hard to describe Shiatsu to someone who has not had it before.
Shiatsu isn’t like the type of massage that most people think of. There are no oils and Shiatsu is given through clothes and on a futon mat on the floor.
I’ve heard it described as Acupuncture without the needles. Shiatsu does use the same Meridians (lines of energy) and pressure points as Acupunture. However a Shiatsu treatment uses massage techniques to work the whole meridian and pressure points.
Reflexology and Zero Balancing have a similar feel to Shiatsu. They are different, obviously, but there is a gentle subtleness in all these treatments that can create powerful results.
Someone once said Shiatsu is like Reflexology for the whole body. And another said it’s energy work, like Reiki, but different!
The major comment I get after someone has had a Shiatsu for the first time is how satisfying it is. It is a joy to have physical work done on one’s body, including stretches and rotations on tight, stiff joints.
Every Shiatsu practitioner is different. I offer a very supportive and welcoming practice. I work a lot with the emotional aspects of physical issues and support people looking to make change in their lives.
My Shiatsu can be quite physical, when appropriate. I enjoy working the neck and shoulders and easing the tension and stress people are holding.
I offer 1 hour appointments which include at least 45 minutes hands-on work. There is a quick consultation at the beginning of the session and a little time at the end for coming round from the treatment.
I am always happy to talk Shiatsu and some clients like to discuss the treatment in advance.
However the only way you’ll really know what it is like is to try it out – so why not give it a go?!
2020 has been a year to test us all. So many changes and uncertainties – and it doesn’t look like it’s going to ease up any time soon.
It’s not a surprise that many people are feeling off balance, stressed and anxious. The pandemic has affected everyone’s personal life in some way, be it concern for one’s self or a family member’s health, financial difficulties, work uncertainties or excessive work and stress.
A lot of my work is supporting people through tough times – helping them manage symptoms of anxiety, along with stress and depression at times.
Shiatsu is a naturally supportive therapy and I’ve created a safe and secure environment. It’s a space where clients can connect to their feelings and concerns without any pressure or expectation.
Here is the story of one of my recent clients Shiatsu journey.
The client was feeling anxious a lot of the time and suffering with panic attacks. This in turn was negetively affecting their appetite, with lack of nutrition the mental distress became worse and the cycle continued.
The client arrived for their first session of Shiatsu in a heightened level of anxiety.
I worked on balancing the energy in the body, supporting a good flow throughout. I worked on calming and supporting the central nervous system and settling the mind.
After the first session the client’s anxiety levels were more manageable. Although they still had some panic attacks they were much less frequent.
I continued to support the flow of energy in the body, along with boosting their energy levels and settling the mind and nervous system.
After two sessions the client’s anxiety was completely manageable. Then after a couple more sessions the panic attacks eased completely.
I also focused on the client’s digestive system which now works more smoothly and appetite levels have become consistent. I suggested probiotics to support the gut. With weight gain and better digestion the client feels calmer and in control of their situation.
Throughout the process we looked at gentle exercises and life-style changes that would support a calmer mind and body. For instance I suggested walking barefoot outside, a great grounding exercise, bringing energy and attention away from the mind.
At the moment I am offering normal Shiatsu sessions with at least 45 minutes hands-on work. I have extra measures in place, following government guidance, to ensure my practice is Covid safe.
Right now I’m also offering face to face appointments with no hands-on work – a Shiatsu support session. These sessions are for exploring a client’s anxiety and why they feel off balance. They involve discussion and then suggestions of exercises and lifestyle changes that may help alleviate symptoms.
If you are feeling nervous about getting close to others then a face to face support session may work for you.
If you are self-isolating, or want to stay at home, but still need support then I am offering video Shiatsu support sessions. These, again, involve a discussion and then suggestions of self-shiatsu that may help, along with suggested exercises and lifestyle changes.
I am able to create individual videos for clients, showing exercises and Shiatsu points that may help them specifically.
I take great pleasure in watching clients begin to be back in control of their emotions and their situation. Then there are more possibilities and options open to the client and change can take place
If you would like to know more about how Shiatsu maybe able to support you then get in touch. 07791 070837 email@example.com
My clients come for Shiatsu for all number of reasons; tension, chronic pain, injuries, back issues, big life changes; emotional issues.
I enjoy working with all conditions and concerns and love my clients for taking responsibility for their health and coming for healing treatments.
The biggest percentage of clients who come to me are suffering from either Anxiety, Stress or Depression. For whatever reason their mental health is out of balance and they feel unsettled and out of control of their mental and emotional being.
A lot of these clients come through word of mouth. I have had some really positive outcomes and those clients suggest to others in a similar situation to try Shiatsu.
I have suffered with Depression, Anxiety and Stress, to varying levels over my life. I have natural compassion and understanding of those with these conditions.
Each Shiatsu therapist is different, enjoying working different areas, complaints or conditions that interest them most. I enjoy supporting people to manage and move on from their emotional difficulties.
The Shiatsu I offer is emotionally sensitivity, I am able to sense the emotions of a client in their body. This allow me to identify them for the client, working to release them physically and mentally, both with hands-on work and verbal discussion with the client.
Shiatsu has a framework that allows me to coach an individual on diet and lifestyle changes, helping them support themselves between treatments.
As a hands-on therapy Shiatsu can help a client understand how their emotions affect their physical body. This can help them gain perspective and move forward away from their emotional distress.
I feel so privileged to be able to facilitate people to make positive changes to their health and well-being. Lucky me!
I have finally had some photos taken of me giving Shiatsu in The Shiatsu Shed – the space where I practice.
You can see more photos of me giving Shiatsu treatments on this page Photos of Shiatsu
I’ve been quiet on the blog for a while – what with the uncertainty and consistently-changing goalposts around Covid-19 on top of it being the school holidays – it has been hard to find any sort of consistency or focus.
However now I have more space and time to get back to a more straightforward work schedule. I am seeing all my regular clients and picking up the therapeutic and transformative work we were doing before lockdown.
I am really lucky to have a lot of clients who put their hand up and say ‘I am ready for change.’ They are open and willing to accept the bumpy and winding path towards positive health and wellbeing.
I have managed to strike a balance between a support and therapeutic environment and a Covid safe space I have extra measures in place, in line with government guidance. I am doing a lot of washing! Everything gets washed after every treatment so I am confident there is little chance of contamination.
I have adjusted how I work – treating clients mostly on their sides or lying on their fronts and avoiding skin on-skin contact. These changes don’t affect the overall treatment but do help to avoid the risk of contamination. A win-win.
It is great to be back offering my form of Shiatsu – strong, connected, challenging at times, emotionally and spiritually aware plus I love to help ease shoulder and neck tension.
How it works is I send out a couple of documents with all the changes and measures I have put in place. This will give you time to have a read through and get in touch with any questions. When you arrive for an appointment it is pretty much how it has always been with just a few changes
If you are ready for change and committed to moving forward get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07791 070837.
We have had a lovely half term week. No home-schooling but loads of time out in nature.
It has been a lovely week but I am now looking forward to the next stage, moving away from lockdown. More kids will be back at school and therefore more people returning to work.
Although I’m not giving hands-on treatments yet I am starting to support clients with their own self-care practice.
There are loads of exercises and Self-Shiatsu techniques that I can show people, either online or if local face to face with social-distancing in place.
Shiatsu is nurturing and supportive in nature so is perfect for self-care.
There are loads of pressure points, the same points used in Acupuncture and Acupressure, that can be held to alleviate symptoms.
There are lots of exercises and stretches that can help energy levels and flow in the body. Good energy flow can help ease symptoms and conditions.
So although there is nothing quite as satisfying as a hands-on Shiatsu treatment there is still loads of ways it can help support a clients and health and well-being.
Who knows what the next few weeks are going to being but I am enjoying starting to support others.
No actually paid Shiatsu happening still. I can’t wait to get back to work but looking like I’m going to have to be patient for a while longer.
In the meanwhile I have been using Shiatsu to support myself and my family.
I have used Shiatsu to help me digest – after a large meal! I have used it to keep my energy flowing. I have used it to ground and centre myself – amongst external turmoil.
I have used it to calm the kids when they are hurt or upset. I have used it to help their digestion and to calm before sleep.
I have used Shiatsu to boost my husband’s energy and to loosen tight muscles and joints.
On top of Shiatsu I have found getting out into nature has been a real tonic.
I know this isn’t possible for everyone but the boys, my husband and I have loved our natute hunts and discoveries.
I have appreciated the slower pace that we can go when out – this allows the space to spot things we may have just whizzed past previously.
I have relished watching spring take place – plants blossoming and new life emerging.
I have always known that getting out into fresh air and connecting with nature makes me feel good. In these strange times it has helped me feel grounded and stay calm when there is uncertainty and anxiety around me.
In can be easy to lose contact with nature and the seasons. An easy exercise is to stand, or walk, outside with no shoes on for a few minutes. Another idea is to go for a walk and look for small things – what can you see when you look closely.
We haven’t been able to get into proper nature do everything we have found has been close to our house in Exeter.
So no real Shiatsu practice, to regulate and support myself, but a settled and happy family routine and LOTS of nature!